GMC traces its roots back to 1902 and the Rapid Motor Vehicle Co., which produced 75 trucks during its first three years of operation. Rapid was purchased by General Motors in 1909 and became General Motors Truck Co. A year later, the marque GMC Truck was first shown at the New York Auto Show. In 1996 GMC dropped the word Truck from its name. One of four remaining core General Motors brands, GMC vehicles share their platforms with other GM brands but are marketed as premium, “professional grade” vehicles for private and commercial use. The GMC nameplate recently celebrated its centenary year in existence.